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American Literature (2011) 83 (3): 479–507.
Published: 01 September 2011
... was evident both in her first publication, The Decoration of Houses (1897), and in her home the Mount, built in keeping with Decoration 's vision. Yet Wharton's house-love, far from celebrating sentimental attachments, may be seen as the opposite: an expression of unhappiness in her marriage, anticipating her...
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American Literature (2011) 83 (4): 893–914.
Published: 01 December 2011
... of the Constitution, 188–90. Fawaz, Ramzi. “‘Where No X-­Man Has Gone Before!’ Mutant Superheroes and the Cultural Politics of Popular Fantasy in Postwar America,” 355–87. Fraiman, Susan. “Domesticity beyond Sentiment: Edith Wharton, Decoration, and Divorce,” 479–507. Freeman, Elizabeth. Review...
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American Literature (2007) 79 (4): 725–751.
Published: 01 December 2007
... of life.5 The explicit assertion of this story would seem to contradict a number of Wharton’s subsequent works. At first glance, these later texts identify their author as an ardent preserver of domestic privacy against the intrusions of a gaping public. The Decoration...
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American Literature (2003) 75 (2): 247–274.
Published: 01 June 2003
... himself reviewed many of the Washington elegies and appre- hended motivation, not dullness, behind their decorous abstraction. Tseng 2003.4.24 08:08 Remembering George Washington 265 Yet...
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American Literature (2019) 91 (4): 874–876.
Published: 01 December 2019
... in bringing a level of scientific and technical specificity to her painting” (212–13). It was heartening to see an analysis of the cover image, as so many times the artwork that graces the covers of scholarly books appears as pure decoration. Fugitive Science is an important book that gives a more positive...
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American Literature (2019) 91 (4): 883–885.
Published: 01 December 2019
... tomboys not only expressed complaints about the mores of middle-class femininity, but they actively defied them. They lived outdoors, shot guns, spoke boldly, displayed sharp and not always decorous wit—a few even wore pants. Yet tomboy spaces of resistance, Sentilles points out, hinged on white...
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American Literature (2005) 77 (1): 192–194.
Published: 01 March 2005
... side of her face was decorated with can- celed postage stamps. Her lips were painted black, her face powdered bright yellow Alas, there is no photograph of her. Indeed, there is little to document her performances, and this is the weakness of the book. The Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven...
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American Literature (2020) 92 (2): 409–412.
Published: 01 June 2020
...) Robinson Crusoe (1719) and Elizabeth Gaskell’s industrial novel Mary Barton (1848), to “divorce corpus” texts like Edith Wharton’s The Decoration of Houses (1897) and the magazine Martha Stewart Living , to “the challenges of immigrant homemaking” (120) in novels like Jamaica Kincaid’s Lucy (1990...
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American Literature (2006) 78 (1): 29–57.
Published: 01 March 2006
..., is no stranger to the nineteenth-century home. Of course, domestic activities such as din- ing, decorating, visiting, and dancing have not only economic but also aesthetic components. Like works of art and natural embodiments of the beautiful and the sublime, everyday artifacts and activities can become...
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American Literature (2021) 93 (4): 601–628.
Published: 01 December 2021
... china the preference at present is for pure shapes and simple outlines, with very little ornamental molding, but highly enameled and decorated with gilt” ( Harper’s Bazaar 1868 : 435). While this may have been the then-popular “preference at present,” at a date when it would have been likely...
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American Literature (2015) 87 (2): 405–408.
Published: 01 June 2015
... realms. Her scope for examining the domestic is wide, including fashion practices among San Antonio chili vendors, depictions of home spaces and decor in Jovita González’s and Cleofas Jaramillo’s mid- twentieth-century fiction, cultural and governmental constructions of cook- ing and home economics...
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American Literature (2007) 79 (3): 527–551.
Published: 01 September 2007
..., and poetry; it also included what he variously called the “lesser,” “Decorative,” or “popular” arts—that is, “house-building, painting, joinery and carpentry, smiths’ work, pottery and glass-making, weav- ing, and many others”9—or, more generally, “that side of art which is, or ought...
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American Literature (2017) 89 (4): 697–726.
Published: 01 December 2017
... mind that they themselves are not alone kept out of sight, but, by a fit ordination of society, every thing that might be supposed to even collaterally suggest them is carefully shrouded in a decorous darkness. Nor has any man the right, in his morbid craving after originality, to strip these horrors...
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American Literature (2015) 87 (2): 359–385.
Published: 01 June 2015
.... The doors are white painted wood with frosted glass, tasteful artwork and decorative lamps adorn the rooms, a plasma TV and DVD player sit atop a media center that could have come from Best Buy, and the kitchen is stocked with dishware that might be in any Target or Wal-Mart.3 James’s confusion...
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American Literature (2009) 81 (3): 497–526.
Published: 01 September 2009
... that decorate Vaughn’s text do not just provide evidence that she knew how to sew a proper stitch; they argue for that psychologi- cal continuity between instructor and pupil universally lauded as the key to developing feminine virtue. Every basket, every floral border is the visible sign...
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American Literature (2009) 81 (4): 719–745.
Published: 01 December 2009
..., such as Joseph Pulitzer’s World and William Ran- dolph Hearst’s Journal, experimented with simple color printing to raise circulation; and chromolithographs became a staple of home decoration.4 Even kids got to join in: Milton Bradley and art educa- tors praised the pedagogical benefits...
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American Literature (2004) 76 (2): 275–306.
Published: 01 June 2004
..., modernity’s defining qualities are heterogeneity of composition and fluidity of identity. Whatever their style, they redefine poetry from decorative accoutrement of the bour- geois good life into trenchant commentator upon modern times. Even—and perhaps especially—when articulated in the ‘‘negative’’ form...
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American Literature (2017) 89 (4): 727–759.
Published: 01 December 2017
... price of ten shillings and sixpence, it was a lovely object, sporting generous margins and a decorated cover, and festooned with illustrations by leading Victorian artists Myles Birket Foster, Jane Benham, and John Gilbert. Walker wrote on February 9, 1850, that he had “sent” a copy to Longfellow...
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American Literature (2004) 76 (3): 579–602.
Published: 01 September 2004
... like a prismatic pastoral, composed of ‘‘episodes ‘‘parts and unpaginated interludes, all gorgeously and adventuresomely type- set in varying text sizes and shades of gray, so that not even the physi- cal matter of the text eludes what Robertson calls ‘‘decoration There is no plot, although...
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American Literature (2013) 85 (1): 185–188.
Published: 01 March 2013
... of Georgia and in a 1732 poetic address to its governor. The abstractions of Egan’s figurative analyses are ballasted by new histories by Kariann Yokota and Caroline Frank that trace early American circulations of Chinese commodities such as tea, porcelain, and other decorative goods. Egan charts how...